A reminder that this Saturday, December 13 is the last day of Prep.  THANK YOU for a great semester, and we will see you all on January 24 (Saturday students) and January 27 (Tuesday students).

If you are interested in having extra lessons over the break in January, please discuss this with your teacher.  We hope and encourage you to keep up with your practice over the break!


Final Recital Information – Final Recitals #2 and #3 this Saturday at 3 and 4pm

Final Recitals #2 and #3 will take place this Saturday, December 13th at 3 pm and 4 pm.  Parents of performers have been notified but if you have questions about your child’s participation, please email us at

Saturday, December 13 at 3pm – FINAL RECITAL #2


Students of:

Anna  (piano)
Brian  (violin & violin ensemble)
Helena (violin & violin ensemble)
Nicholas  (clarinet & saxophone)
Ryan (bass & string ensemble)


Saturday, December 13 at 4pm – FINAL RECITAL #3


Students of:

Alice  (cello)
Amy Travis (voice & Children’s Chorus)
Lucy  (voice & vocal ensemble)
Renana  (piano)
Shar   (Chinese language class)
Susanne   (piano)

Bake Sale – Semester Goal of $4,000 within Reach! – All for Scholarships!

The Bake Sale total is $3,576 for the Semester so far (December 6th total – $274).  It is a long shot but we can still make our semester Goal of $4,000 for the Scholarship Fund.  We have 2 recitals this week which means hungry families and performers will be around until 5:30 pm!  Last week we ran out of food by 2 pm so lets make sure to have a lot more food this week.  We have plenty of eaters, but we do need more food!  If you have not contributed before please consider doing so this week.  We need all the help we can get.  There will be a double batch of fruit cups so we will need some Gingerbread cookies to help wash them down! 

Please help us reach the goal of $4,000 for Scholarships by signing up to bake or work the table for the final week of the semester!  Thank You!


Sign Up Here for December 13th


Summer Music Camp Dates!

The 5th Bard Music Camp will take place this summer from July 6 to 18.

Week 1 (July 6 to 11) – Early Childhood Music classes (Chorus and Music & Movement for Ages 2 to 4).

Week 1 (July 6 to 11) – Ages 5 to 9

Week 2 (July 13-18) – Ages 10 to 18

Camp Faculty will include:

Shawn Jaeger, composition
Ryan Kamm, double bass/string ensemble
Jaram Kim, violin
Brian Krinke, violin
Amy Palomo, voice
David Temple, guitar/composition
Amy Travis, voice/early childhood music
More information will be coming soon.  Hope to see everyone for some fun music making this summer!

Classics on Hudson Concerts – Messiah Sing on December 20th

Bard Prep Faculty Violin Teacher Helena Baillie is also one of the Co-Directors of the Classics on Hudson Concert series at the Hudson Opera House.  They have put together a terrific season of concerts.  Check out below for more information.

Messiah Sing

Saturday, December 20, 4pm
First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren St, Hudson, NY
(518) 822-1438 or

Gwen Gould, conductor

Messiah Sing is an audience participation performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s great oratorio Messiah with instrumental ensemble and soloists. Listeners are welcome too! Music provided.


Arbor Ridge Concert

On Sunday, December 7th students from Bard Prep performed for the residents at the Arbor Ridge Retirement home in Rhinebeck.  The students did a great job and we all enjoyed visiting with our Arbor Ridge friends.

Congratulations to Anthony, Daisy, Elischka, Ethan, Gretchen, Isabel, and Jack!

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Upcoming Faculty Performances: Malena, Anna, David, Brian

 MALENA DAYENPrep Voice Faculty

  • Alto Soloist – Messiah (Handel)
    December 14, 2014 – Fairfield County Chorale – Fairfield, CT
    David Rosenmeyer, conductor
  • Featured Soloist – Tango Caliente
    January, 2015  – Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra – Rochester, NY
    Jeff Tyzik, conductor


ANNA STOYTCHEVA – Prep Piano Faculty

  • Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 7:00pm:  Bulgarian Consulate General in NY, 121 East 62nd Street, NYC 10065
    Program: Mozart – Piano Sonata in C Major K 330, Schumann – Kreisleriana, Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit and Rachmaninoff – 3 Preludes op. 23 # 5,4,2.

FREE ADMISSION, but reserved seating is encouraged due to space limitation. Please contact Anna for reserved seating, $20 per person.


  • Sunday, January 11th, 2015 at 3:00pm:  With THE AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS ensemble
    Where: Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480
    Program: Beethoven – String Trio in G Major op. 9 No.1, Farrenc – Trio for flute, cello and piano, Griffes – Poem for flute and piano and Bruch – Piano Quintet op. posth

TICKETS – $20. Contact Anna if you would like to attend.  She may be able to get you free tickets!


David Temple – Prep Guitar and Composition Faculty


RED HOOK, NY — Producer and director Deborah Temple and the Red Hook Performing Arts Club present a world premiere of the new musical, “Degas in New Orleans.”  This play by New Orleans native Rosary Hartel O’Neill, set to music by local composer, David Temple, tells the story of the French painter Edgar Degas’ five-month stay with his family in the Crescent City shortly after the Civil War.  Performances are December 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Black-Box Theater at Bard College’s Fisher Center, and  December 20 at 7:00 p.m. and December 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Red Hook Central High School.  Tickets are $10.00/$8.00 students and seniors, available in advance for the Thursday and Friday night performances at the Fisher Center Box Office, 758-7900, and sold at the door; tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances will be available at the door at Red Hook High School.


Bard Prep Faculty Recital:  February 14, 2015 at 4 pm – Bitó Conservatory Performance Space:  Brian Krinke, Violin



Bard Prep Faculty in Action!

Here are some great links to performances, lessons, and cd’s from our teachers so you can see and hear them in action.  (Click on the Links)



Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale

CD: Capriccio - click here for more information or to purchase

Here is a really young Helena having a Viola lesson with Pinchas Zukerman (students take note: he makes her play scales!)



Carmen – Habanera, Seguedille, “En vain pour éviter”

Mozart aria “Ch’io mi scordi di te’

Sera una noche – New Aires Tango



Chopin Nocturne in c# minor

Chopin Waltz in c# minor

Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor  3rd mvt


SHAWN JAEGER – Composer – The Wondering Eyes


RYAN KAMM & SUSANNE SON  with Hye-Jin Kim, Melvin Chen, and Karen Ouzounian  Schubert Trout Quintet, mvt. IV



Otto Soldan Quartet for One Violin

Ernst Polyphonic Etude #2

Bach Sonata in a minor “Allegro”


NICHOLAS ALTON LEWIS - Clarinet, Saxophone

“Conjure Bearden”

Scriabin Prelude, Op. 16, No. 1 – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

“Broken Chords”(an improvisation) – The BLAK New Blues Ensemble

CD: Grist for the Mill from “Songs of the Soul”: (Nicholas is on Tracks 19-21)



Debussy L’isle Joyeuse  

Schumann Sonata No.2 in g minor 1st mvt



Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 1

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, part 2

CD: Debussy Preludes – click here for more information or to purchase



Danca Brasileira Rendacao by Jorge Morel

Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega



Haydn B Minor Sonata

Beethoven Emperor Concerto, 3rd mvt.